Year: 2012

Happy Holidays!

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Our tree is decorated with materials from around the lab, and is topped with a portrait of Charles Darwin donning a festive Santa hat.


Congratulations! Three Haynes lab undergraduates got research funding.

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Congratulations to Abhinav Markus, Amanda Ispas, and Brady Laughlin for getting research support from the Fulton Undergraduate Research initiative (FURI) for 2013.

Engineering students’ research in spotlight at major biomedical conferences

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J. Kullman, 11.13.2012, ASU Full Circle: Caroline Hom, a senior biomedical engineering major and Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Fellow, presented her work on a project titled “Synthetic Biology and Bioinformatics for Predictable Control of Therapeutic Genes.”

Read more at ASU Full Circle.

Student team wins gold in synthetic biology competition

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S. Leander, 10.19.2012, ASU News: A team of Arizona State University undergraduates earned a gold medal and a spot in the international championship event for one of the world’s premiere student engineering and science competitions. In addition, the ASU team won the prestigious “Best Human Practices Advance” award. This award is presented to teams working to find new ways to help people address the impacts of ongoing advances in biotechnology.

Read more at ASU News.

Promise of stem cell research focus of Arizona Science Center talk

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J. Kullman, 10.16.2012, ASU News: Haynes, whose work focuses on synthetic biology, will talk about what advances in stem cell research promise for the future at 7 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Arizona Science Center.

Read more at ASU News.

A Biological Parts Repository journey

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I’m heading back to ASU from a very mind-expanding week of leadership training, a very generous  investment in the future of synthetic biology hosted by the Sloan Foundation, NSF, SynBERC, The BioBricks Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Center. Twenty  emerging leaders of synthetic biology were invited to propose and develop strategic action plans [1] to advance synthetic biology in the public interest. The speakers were amazing and inspiring. I feel both fired up and focused.

This blog post marks the beginning of my synthetic biology community project, a parts registry that captures the community’s activities related to every biological part that lives in the database. I plan to draw framework structures from the big biology databases, dynamic crowd-sourced editing sites, and even social networking sites. The project will start as a series of micro-experiments where I ask the community to report their experience with a biological part or a protocol.

The repository I envision has no official name yet. But as I typed the title of this post, Biological Parts Repository or “BPR”; seemed to have potential…beeper? The acronym is short, and can be pronounced as a word that ends in a sound that makes it work as a verb (I beepered the promoter we ran those measurements on). #GuyKawasaki

  1. Haynes KA. Incentive-driven information sharing for engineering biology.

Must a paper trail be paper?

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S. Carpenter, 09.14.2012, Science Careers: Biologist Karmella Haynes of Arizona State University, Tempe, keeps her lab notebook on OpenWetWare, one of many open-source wikis designed to serve as electronic lab notebooks.

Read more at Science Careers.